Google+ Dumped As Bug Exposes 500K Accounts
Google has finally revealed that up to 500,000 Google+ user accounts were potentially affected by a bug that may have exposed their data to external developers.
Google, which initially opted not to reveal the breach, is shutting down what is now being seen as a failed venture into social networking.
The company feared regulatory scrutiny if it revealed the breach and decided instead to keep the information in-house.
A software glitch in the social site gave outside developers potential access to private Google+ profile data between 2015 and March 2018. The issue was fixed by internal investigators.
The affected data is limited to static, optional Google+ profile fields including name, email address, occupation, gender and age.
Separately, the British High Court has blocked an attempt to bring legal action against Google over claims it had collected sensitive data from more than four million iPhone users. While the court ruled that Google’s actions were wrongful and a breach of duty it did not support the contention claimants suffered damage as specified by Britain’s Data Protection Act.